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Titre du document / Document title

Acupuncture for nausea and vomiting : An update of clinical and experimental studies

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

STREITBERGER Konrad (1) ; EZZO Jeanette (2) ; SCHNEIDER Antonius (3) ;

Affiliation(s) du ou des auteurs / Author(s) Affiliation(s)

(1) Department of Anaesthesiology, University of Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 110, 69120 Heidelberg, ALLEMAGNE
(2) Research of JPS Enterprises, Baltimore, MD, ETATS-UNIS
(3) Department of General Practice and Health Services Research, University of Heidelberg, ALLEMAGNE

Résumé / Abstract

The objective of this overview is to summarize existing knowledge about the effects of acupuncture-point stimulation on nausea and vomiting. Systematic reviews on postoperative nausea and vomiting, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting exist. Several randomised trials, but no reviews, exist for motion sickness. For postoperative nausea and vomiting, results from 26 trials showed acupuncture-point stimulation was effective for both nausea and vomiting. For chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, results of 11 trials differed according to modality with acupressure appearing effective for first-day nausea, electroacupuncture appearing effective for first-day vomiting, and noninvasive electrostimulation appearing no more effective than placebo for any outcome. For pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting, results were mixed. Experimental studies showed effects of P6-stimulation on gastric myoelectrical activity, vagal modulation and cerebellar vestibular activities in functional magnetic resonance imaging. There is good clinical evidence from more than 40 randomised controlled trials that acupuncture has some effect in preventing or attenuating nausea and vomiting. A growing number of experimental studies suggest mechanisms of action.

Revue / Journal Title

Autonomic neuroscience : basic & clinical    ISSN  1566-0702 

Source / Source

Nausea and vomiting: An interdisciplinary approach. International workshop, Düsseldorf , ALLEMAGNE (30/09/2005)
2006, vol. 129, no 1-2 (118 p.)  [Document : 11 p.] (2 p.), pp. 107-117 [11 page(s) (article)]

Langue / Language


Editeur / Publisher

Elsevier, Amsterdam, PAYS-BAS  (2000) (Revue)

Mots-clés anglais / English Keywords

Autonomic nervous system




Mots-clés français / French Keywords

Système nerveux autonome




Mots-clés espagnols / Spanish Keywords

Sistema nervioso autónomo




Mots-clés d'auteur / Author Keywords



Nausea and vomiting


Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 18294, 35400014297536.0150

Nº notice refdoc (ud4) : 18229166

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